Tips for Preventing Clothes from Wrinkling in the Washer

Washers move around clothes as they agitate and spin. During the spin cycle, clothes are pushed against the wash basket to extract as much water as possible from what is being washed. This can cause some wrinkling in clothing. Below are some reasons for excessive wrinkling and how to minimize it.Reasons for clothes wrinkling:

  • Improper sorting of the load (i.e. loading large, heavy items with lightweight, delicate materials). See Washers Suggestions For Sorting Clothes.
  • Too many items in washer for the load size.
  • Use of incorrect wash cycles.  On older washer models, an incorrect water level selected during the wash cycles (not enough water for amount of clothes). See Washers Water Level And Load Size.  
  • Washing repeatedly in water that is too hot for fabric.
  • Accumulations of lime scale due to use of carbonate detergents.
  • Failure to use fabric softener.
Note: If you follow good laundry procedures and delicate/"permanent press" clothes still come out wrinkled, the finish may no longer be good quality. The permanent press "memory" has been worn away.

Steps to prevent wrinkling:

  •  Avoid laundering heavy permanent press items, such as work clothes, with lighter permanent press items, such as shirts or blouses.
  • Do not wash permanent press/delicate items with ordinary items such as towels, bed linens, etc.
  • Items must have room to move freely. Delicate loads should always be smaller than regular loads, and no more than medium loads.
  • Select correct cycle based on garment type.  See Use & Care Manual for recommendations.
  • On older models with selectable water levels, use Full water fill for medium load, Medium fill for small loads.
  • Proper use of fabric softener will minimize wrinkling.